India’s cotton output estimated to rise 9 per cent to 377 lakh bales (of 170kgs each) in 2017/18 but won’t be the record high as per the Cotton Advisory Board (CAB) as bollworm had caused damage in some regions and despite lower production in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. The output in the northern region is expected to increase 28 per cent to 59 lakh bales (46 lb) on the back of a bumper crop in Rajasthan and Punjab, which is pegged at 22 lb (16 lb) and 12 lb (9 lb).